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Rule Summary: Leather Guides
The Leather Guides address misrepresentations about the composition and characteristics of certain leather and imitation leather products, and state that disclosure of non-leather content should be made for material that appears to be, but is not, leather.
Case: Mobil Oil Corporation
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116, Page 113
Public Comment Initiative: #227: Project No.: P075420: Impact and Effectiveness of Credit Report Freezes
Rule Summary: Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA or Act), enacted in 1967, directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations requiring that all "consumer commodities" be labeled to disclose net contents, identity of commodity, and name and place of business of...
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Disposal Rule
Rule Summary: Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule
The Rule, issued in 1975, requires sellers who solicit buyers to order merchandise through the mail, via the Internet, or by phone to have a reasonable basis to expect that the sellers can ship within the advertised time frame, or, if no time frame is specified, within 30 days. The Rule also...
Rule Summary: Telemarketing Sales Rule
The Telemarketing Sales Rule, which requires telemarketers to make specific disclosures of material information; prohibits misrepresentations; sets limits on the times telemarketers may call consumers; prohibits calls to a consumer who has asked not to be called again; and sets payment restrictions...
Rule Summary: Energy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“Energy Labeling Rule”)
The Energy Labeling Rule calls for the familiar yellow Energy Guide labels stating a product’s estimated annual operating cost and energy consumption, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy cost for similar models. Energy Guide labels appear on clothes washers, dishwashers,...
Rule Summary: CAN-SPAM Rule
The CAN-SPAM Act requires the Commission to issue regulations “defining the relevant criteria to facilitate the determination of the primary purpose of an electronic mail message.” The CAN-SPAM Act applies almost exclusively to “commercial electronic mail messages”.
Case: PerfectData Corporation
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116, Page 769
Rule Summary: Guides Against Bait Advertising
Rule Summary: Hobby Protection Act
The Hobby Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1973, covers imitation political items (e.g., buttons, posters, stickers, etc.), as well as imitation numismatic items (e.g., various coins, tokens, paper money, commemorative medals) that are required to be marked with certain identifying information...
Rule Summary: Franchise Rule
The Franchise Rule gives prospective purchasers of franchises the material information they need in order to weigh the risks and benefits of such an investment. The Rule requires franchisors to provide all potential franchisees with a disclosure document containing 23 specific items of information...
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Address Discrepancy Rule
The Care Labeling Rule, which requires manufacturers and importers of textile wearing apparel and goods; provides regular instructions to purchasers through care labels or other methods; prohibits deceptive acts or practices that fail to disclose instructions to regular care; requires appropriate...
Case: Vons Companies, Inc.
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 113, Page 779
Rule Summary: Advertising Allowances and Other Merchandising Payments and Services ("Fred Meyer Guides")
The Fred Meyer Guides explain to manufacturers and wholesalers how they can provide advertising and promotional allowances and services to retailers without price discrimination and on “proportionally equal terms.”
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 115 , Page 339
Public Comment Initiative: #307: FTC File No. P064202; 16 C.F.R. Part 425: Trade Regulation Rule Concerning the Use of Prenotification Negative Option Plans: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Reopening the Record for the Submission of Public Comments Until October 13, 2009
[Please See Index # 288 for Related Proceeding]
Rule Summary: Picture Tube Rule
The Rule requires advertisers to base any representation of the screen size on the horizontal dimension of the actual, viewable area, unless they disclose the alternative method of measurement clearly and conspicuously in close proximity to the size designation.
Rule Summary: Furnisher Rule
Rule Summary: Fair Credit Reporting Act
Rule Summary: Used Car Rule
The Used Car Rule, formally known as the Used Motor Vehicle Trade Regulation Rule, has been in effect since 1985. It requires car dealers to display a window sticker, known as a Buyers Guide, on the used cars they offer for sale. The Buyers Guide discloses whether the dealer offers a warranty and,...
Rule Summary: Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools
Rule Summary: Amplifier Rule
Rule Summary: The Amplifier Rule establishes uniform test standards and disclosures so that consumers can make more meaningful comparisons of amplifier equipment performance attributes.
Rule Summary: Nursery Guides
The Nursery Guides address numerous sales practices for outdoor plants, including deceptive claims as to quantity, size, grade, kind, species, age, maturity, condition, vigor, hardiness, growth ability, price, and origin or place where grown.
Case: G.C. Thorsen, Inc.
Federal Trade Commission Decisions, Volume 116 , Page 1179
Advisory Opinion: Section 603(d)(2): Definition of "consumer report" (exclusions)
Advisory Opinion: Section 607(e): Procurement of reports for resale
Rule Summary: The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Identity Theft Rules
Rule Summary: 900-Number Rule
The 900-Number Rule requires disclosures about the cost of telephone-based entertainment or information services -- known as "audiotext" services -- that consumers access by dialing a 900 number. These disclosures must be made in the advertising of any 900-number audiotext service, and also in a...
Rule Summary: Textile Fiber Rule
The Textile Fiber Rule requires that certain textiles sold in the United States carry labels disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product, the manufacturer or marketer name, and the country where the product was processed or manufactured.
The Fur Rules help consumers make informed buying decisions by requiring fur manufacturers and retailers to label fur products with certain information, such as the animal’s name, the name of the manufacturer, and the garment’s country of origin. Fur Products Labeling Act , 15 U.S.C. 69 Truth in...